British Infantry at the Battle of Mons
British Infantry lying in “scrapes”; quickly dug, improvised shallow trenches, watching as German troops advance in the distance at the Battle of Mons, August 24th 1914.
At Mons, 80,000 British troops formed into two Corps faced approximately twice their number. The German advance had thus far been unstoppable, valiant Belgian efforts had slowed the advance but they had not bought the French & British enough time to properly re-deploy. As such Mons was little more than a delaying action which slowed the German right wing’s advance. By Great War Standards casualties were very light, with 1,700 British troops and nearly 5,000 Germans dying.
The battle was followed by the month-long fighting withdrawal towards Paris which culminated in the Battle of the Marne in September.